It’s Sunday morning and we are sitting in one of the most beautiful harbors in all of the Bahamas. As part of the Bahamas National Trust, certain areas are set aside as protected national parks. This approach protects wildlife from overfishing so these “unspoiled” areas can act as nurseries where fish and wildlife can grow unmolested. Studies have shown that wildlife from these areas tend to migrate and populate other more heavily fished areas.
Anyway, we are on a mooring here in the heart of the park enjoying the soft morning light. This view from the ranger station says it all.Each Saturday evening all visitors are invited to a BYOB cocktail party on the beach near the park headquarters. Brenda, Chris and I decided to join. Actually, I said something like, “let’s go. It will be great”. Getting them to join me was easy. The group was quite international with a few folks from Australia and others from various spots in the US and Canada. All and all, a very nice group. While we were on the island, we spied some local wildlife. This is the only island in the Bahamas where I have seen snakes. We saw a pretty good one, some 3’ long. I didn’t get a photo of it. Brenda was very brave and walked right by it. However, she did have her hands held up and arms tight to her side. You know the look… Something like “ew, get me out of here”. She was very brave.
And nothing speaks “brave” quite like a hermit crab. These guys don’t make shells of their own and as they grow they find an abandoned shell from some other creature and make it their own. This one was pretty big, with perhaps a 3” shell. He was none too happy with our attention. He could cover distance pretty quickly. Funny guy.The view of the harbor is very beautiful and with an unusually windless night very peaceful. Here’s chris retrieving our wine, chips and salsa to share with the gang.All and all, a very nice evening. Today off for a short hike on the island and then on to our next stop. We have to keep moving as Chris flies out of Staniel Cay on Tuesday morning.